Enjoy this photo gallery from an event we sponsored on January 31, 2015 on location at our facilities called OC Math Magic! Students from kindergarten through middle school came to celebrate and learn more about mathematics with engaging activities and tricks of the trade!
Congratulations on getting in to college. Now, how do you pay for it? Well there are a lot of ways to pay for college: you can write a check, get grandma and grandpa to write a check, maybe you got a scholarship, or maybe you need financial aid. Well however you pay for it there are five letters you need to know…FAFSA.
The FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is free and quick, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Filling out the FAFSA® can be a straightforward and easy process. Here are some helpful tips to make it even easier.
WHERE TO FIND FAFSA:
Online you will find it at www.fafsa.gov then click on the “Start A New FAFSA” button on the home page and off you go.
GETTING A PIN
You’ll need a Federal Student Aid PIN, a personal identification number that allows you to sign your FAFSA electronically.
GATHERING THE DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO APPLY
The FAFSA asks for information about you, lot of it. Some of the information is easy (your name, date of birth, address, etc.). Some you will have to gather, especially financial information. Some of the documents you will need are:
- Social Security Number
- Parents’ Social Security Numbers
- Driver’s license number (if you have one)
- Alien Registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Federal tax information for you and for your parents:
- IRS 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ
- Foreign tax return and/or
- Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia, or PalauLISTING COLLEGES For purposes of federal student aid, it does not matter in what order you list the schools. However, to be considered for state aid, several states require you to list a state school first. Therefore, if you plan to list a state school in your state of residence as one of the schools in this section, list it first. You can list up to 10 schools on the online FAFSA. Be sure to sign with your Federal Student Aid PIN so your FAFSA will be processed as quickly as possible.
If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you will use the same documents to estimate your income. You will have to modify your FAFSA after you file.
You must list at least ONE college to receive your information. The schools you list will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of aid you may receive.
For purposes of federal student aid, it does not matter in what order you list the schools. However, to be considered for state aid, several states require you to list a state school first. Therefore, if you plan to list a state school in your state of residence as one of the schools in this section, list it first. You can list up to 10 schools on the online FAFSA.
SIGNING AND SUBMITTING THE FAFSA
Be sure to sign with your Federal Student Aid PIN so your FAFSA will be processed as quickly as possible.
The FAFSA is FREE, so if a website asks you to pay to fill it out, you’re not dealing with the official FAFSA site. Remember, the FAFSA comes from the government, so it’s on a .gov site: www.fafsa.gov.
Relax. The FAFSA is simpler to fill out than the application that got you in to college.
Some pictures from our Winter Math Boot Camp 2014, enjoy!
Get a good night’s sleep, and eat a good breakfast. Eat protein that morning-for the brain benefits.
When feeling anxious, take 5 deep breaths every once in a while.
Plan fun socialization after the test.
Bring candies that enhance brain awareness, such as mints, lemon drops, and dark chocolate.
When faced with a reading passage, read the questions first and then read the passage.
Listen carefully to directions: Make a point to listen closely to any test directions that are read aloud.
Read through written directions at least twice before starting on a test section to ensure that you do not misinterpret them
Perform a ‘brain dump’. At the start of the test, write down on a sheet of scrap paper any facts or key information that you are afraid that you might forget. This ‘brain dump’ will help you to feel less anxious about forgetting important information.
Skip difficult items until last. On timed tests, you should avoid getting bogged down on difficult items that can cause you to use up all of your time. Instead, when you find yourself stumped on a tough test item, skip it and go on to other problems. After you have finished all of the easiest test items, you can return to any skipped questions and try to answer them.
If you finish a test early, use the remaining time to check your answers.
Create Mnemonics or silly sayings to memorize: Example: Long Division Dad-divide Mother -multiply Sister -subtract Brother -bring down Sometimes Rover -sometimes remainder
When skipping questions box the number and go back later.
Cover up the answers and see if you can answer the question on your own first.
Use a hi-lighter to highlight KEY words in the directions. Verbs and descriptive words that follow the verb are usually important key words.
MATHCOUNTS RULES TO REMEMBER
Form of answers:
All answers must be expressed in simplest form.
Ratios should be expressed as simplified common fractions.
Radicals must be simplified.
Answers to problems asking for a response in the form of a dollar amount should be expressed in the form ($) a.bc, where “a” is an integer and “b” and “c” are digits.
Units of measurement are not required in answers, but they must be correct if given.
Do not make approximations for numbers.
Do not do any intermediate rounding.
Scientific notation should be expressed in the form a x 10n where “a” is a decimal and “n” is an integer.
An answer expressed to a greater or lesser degree of accuracy than called for in the problem will not be accepted.
The plural form of the units will always be provided in the answer blank, even if the answer appears to require the singular form of the units.
MATHCOUNTS RULES FOR EACH ROUND
40 Minute Time Limit
NO Calculators, Books or Other Aids
8 Problems presented in Pairs
6 Minute time limit per Pair
Calculators and Scratch Paper are acceptable but no other aids
20 Minute Time Limit
And above all…GOOD LUCK!
This past weekend, December 13-14, Areteem Institute held the Online ZIML Math Competition.
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
First Place- Akshaj Kadaveru (Virginia)
Second Place- Ajit Kadaveru (Virginia)
Third Place- Matthew Kroesche (Texas)
ZIML saw students from around the country competing during the two day event. The top winner will be receiving prizes valued at over $100.
Online ZIML Math Competition is similar to the AMC and Math Counts competitions held annually in February and March nationwide. This summer, Areteem Institute’s 2015 Summer Camp Programs will be teaching many of the concepts and practices used by students competing in these various competitions. Our Summer Camp Programs will culminate with the Summer ZIML Math Competition.
Areteem Institute is proud of all those who took part in this exciting contest! We hope it has allowed first time competitors to see what math competitions look like and given seasoned competitors a chance to warm up for the 2015 season.
To find out more about our math programs you can check out the main Areteem Institute home page or the Math Zoom program website and subscribe to our news letter.
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